bom·​bas·​tic | \ bäm-ˈba-stik How to pronounce bombastic (audio) \

Definition of bombastic

: marked by or given to speech or writing that is given exaggerated importance by artificial or empty means : marked by or given to bombast : pompous, overblown

Other Words from bombastic

bombastically \ bäm-​ˈba-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce bombastic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of bombastic in a Sentence

a bombastic speech intended to impress the voters in her congressional district
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First Known Use of bombastic

1660, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bombastic

bombast + -ic entry 1

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“Bombastic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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